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February 4th, 2014

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Autumn bird migration news

Each week Paul and Nick from the BTO are updating us on all the comings and goings of autumn’s bird migration. We’d love to hear what you’ve been seeing too, whether in your garden or out and about.

The first waxwings are here John Harding/BTO

As the migration of our summer visitors comes to a close, it’s easy to think that autumn migration also comes to a close. Nothing Canada Goose Online could be further from the truth. Migration watchers in Canada Goose Jackets early November can be rewarded with some of the most spectacular bird migrations of the year.

At this time of the year migration is very Canada Goose Coats On Sale much influenced by the weather in northern and eastern Europe, with temperature all important.

A cheap canada goose uk sudden freeze will see berry crops fall and waterbodies ice over, prompting cold weather movements for thrushes (redwings, fieldfares, blackbirds, song thrushes and ring ouzel), finches (siskins, redpolls, linnets, chaffinches and bramblings), larks (skylarks and woodlarks), buy canada goose jacket pigeons (woodpigeons and stock doves) and wildfowl (ducks, swans and geese).

So far this autumn with temperatures canada goose clearance sale higher than normal we have seen very little of this. The daytime temperature in eastern Europe, however, is forecast to drop to near freezing this weekend, so we could see an arrival of pochard and goldeneye, along with a small canada goose factory sale arrival of Bewick’s swans. [Editor’s note: Slimbridge, Autumnwatch’s hosts for the next four weeks, is one of the UK’s best sites for Bewick’s.]

Up until now there hasn’t been a need for these birds to canada goose uk outlet move. Check out the BirdTrack uk canada goose reporting rate for goldeneye.

Any cool crisp day with light winds, particularly from the east, over the next couple of weeks should prompt a big movement of woodpigeons, with flocks often tens of thousands strong heading south west. You don’t have to be on the coast to observe Canada Goose Outlet this migration spectacle, big flocks can be seen flying over land locked counties too.

A sudden freeze will see blackbirds on their way John Harding/BTO

The first canadian goose jacket waxwings Canada Goose online of the autumn have been seen, with a flock of 20 birds being found in Stromness, Orkney, and three seen on Lewis, Outer Hebrides. It’s too early to say whether it will be a waxwing winter, but with the drop in temperature on the continent this weekend we might see a few canada goose uk black friday more arrive. At this time of the year waxwings generally arrive in the north and work their way south as berries become harder to find.

Flocks of lapwings and golden plovers on the move are a sure sign that the ground is frozen on the continent, canada goose so falling temperatures there could cause an influx of these winter field inhabiting waders.

Question of the week: Is it true that some birds reduce internal organs to compensate for the extra fat they carry for migration?

This is absolutely true and canada goose store is illustrated perfectly in a passage from Ian Newton’s excellent book, Bird Migration. Organ reduction has been found in a number of migratory species, including pied flycatchers, buy canada goose canada goose sale jacket cheap willow warblers and swallows. However, extreme changes were found in bar tailed godwits killed accidentally in Alaska as they hit a radio tower, just after take off on a presumed trans Pacific flight of at least 10,400km to New Zealand.

These Alaskan godwits had uk canada goose outlet some of the highest fat contents recorded among birds, comprising 55 percent canada goose uk shop of total body mass. They also had relatively large breast muscles and heart (exercise organs), but very small gizzard, liver, kidney and gut (digestive organs). They had largely dispensed with parts of their metabolic machinery that were not essential during flight, presumably converting Canada Goose sale them to other tissue.

On arrival at their migratory destinations, birds rebuild their digestive organs, so that they can once again feed efficiently.

Comment number 1. Many reasons were given but not a definate report! Has the reason for this event been found yet and what was canada goose black friday sale it?? Does anyone else remember the news story??

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Comment number 2. At 10:40 4th Nov 2011, Brenda Thompson wrote: Do Cormorants migrate? We saw over 100 of them along the water’s edge by Hilbre Island, Wirral yesterday around midday. Thanks. Brenda Thompson

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Comment number 3. At 18:31 4th Nov 2011, colin wrote: Just been surprised by a flock of Fieldfares while out on my bike. They flew out of a hedgerow and into the trees on the other side of the road. Had some canada goose coats on sale in the garden a Canada Goose Parka couple of years a go. Really aggressive feeders. Bye the way I’m in Dundonald in Ayrshire

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Comment number 4. At 20:42 4th Nov 2011, phatbird wrote: What type of tiny bird about the size of a great tit flies in huges flocks? This morning about 6:30am I saw them but couldn’t make them out. They were flying north to south across my garden in Runcorn Cheshire.

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Comment number 5. At 20:55 4th Nov 2011, rachaelfield wrote: where i walk there are wild bees canada goose clearance living in a hole in a tree,do they partly cover the hole in winter? iknow they behave a bit like penguins do huddling together.

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Comment number 6. At 21:03 4th Nov 2011, nick rock wrote: are Red Kites re populating the N/W of England?

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Comment number 7. At 21:06 4th Nov 2011, GerryRys wrote: Re your opening report on the geese on Islay: Love the show but anyone that has been daft (or devoted) enough to get up in the dead of night to witness a dawn sky full cheap Canada Goose of geese will know that the most awesome part of the spectacle is the noise which you hear before you see anything. First you talked over it, then you played music over it, then you go back on set and Martin emphasizes the significance of said noise of which canada goose coats you have just deprived us! AAAaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhh.

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